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How Much Is A Flu Shot? With or without insurance

Mira Research Team20 Jan 2021

How Much Is A Flu Shot? With or without insurance

How much is a flu shot cost with insurance? 

There are several types of flu shots that you may be able to get this year. The most common types of flu shots are the quadrivalent flu vaccine and the high-dose flu vaccine. 

  • The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four different flu viruses.
  • The high-dose flu vaccine can be given to adults over the age of 65 to create a more robust immune response and protection against the flu viruses.

Most insurance companies will cover your flu shot at several pharmacies or urgent care facilities. Without insurance, however, the cost of quadrivalent flu shots can range from $0 to $50. Most major pharmacies give quadrivalent vaccines for around $40. 

How much is a flu shot cost without insurance?

The average cost of a high-dose flu shot without insurance is typically around $70.  

The CDC private sector cost for a quadrivalent flu shot ranges from $16.94 to $25.76. However, the price you pay may be higher at some locations due to additional fees.

How much does a flu shot cost at each major pharmacy without insurance?

See the chart below for prices at some major pharmacies such as CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, Costco and Walgreens. If you have not gotten vaccinated this flu season, it is recommended that you get the flu shot as soon as possible.  

In addition, some locations in NYC offer free flu shots. 

LocationPrice 
CVS Pharmacy

Quadrivalent: $40 

High-dose: $67

WalmartQuadrivalent: $35-$40
Rite AidQuadrivalent: $40
Costco

Quadrivalent: $20

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High-dose: $40 with membership $47 without

Walgreens

Quadrivalent: $41

High-dose: $70

Source: https://www.goodrx.com/blog/heres-how-to-get-discounted-or-even-free-flu-shots-this-year/

How much do the recommended vaccines cost with and without insurance? 

The cost of recommended vaccines varies depending on your insurance plan. If you have private insurance, you will likely be able to get most of the recommended vaccines for free or with a small copayment. 

If you are covered by Medicare Part B, you will be able to get some vaccines for little to no cost. The included vaccines are the flu shot, pneumococcal disease vaccine, and the hepatitis B vaccine if you have a pre-existing condition. If you are covered by Medicare part D, you will be able to get the shingles vaccine and the Tdap vaccine for little to no cost. 

Unfortunately, the cost of vaccines for adults who are covered by Medicaid varies significantly by state. If you are covered by Medicaid, you will likely be able to access a flu shot for little to no cost. 

If you are not covered by insurance, the out-of-pocket cost of vaccines varies depending on vaccine type and the location you are vaccinated at. Below we outlined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private sector costs for some adult vaccines. Note that the prices may be highest due to additional fees at your testing location. 

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Vaccine TypeCost Per Dose Range  
Hepatitis A$32.86 -$109.13
Hepatitis B$25.43 - $121.25
HPV$140.59 - $227.93
MMR$48.86 - $78.68
Pneumococcal $62.69 - $202.00
Tdap$24.89 - $46.80
Td Booster$16.27 - $25.88
Varicella$82.04 - $135.73
Shingles$101.51 - $151.41

What vaccines should adults need to get in the U.S.? 

There are several vaccines that are recommended for all adults in the United States. First, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that every adult in the U.S. should get an influenza vaccine (flu shot) every year. Still need your flu shot? See our article on where to get a flu shot for free in NYC!

All adults should also get the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough if they did not get this vaccine as an adolescent. After getting the Tdap vaccine, all adults should also get a Td booster vaccine every 10 years. 

In addition to these vaccines, all adults between the ages of 19 and 26 should get the HPV vaccine, which protects you from developing certain cancers. There are also several vaccines that are recommended for adults over the age of 50, such as the shingles vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine.   

There are other recommended vaccines for adults who have pre-existing conditions, who work in health care, or who did not receive certain vaccines during childhood. Some of these vaccines include MMR, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B.